Thursday, March 7, 2013

Curiosity Shut Down As Solar Flare Heads To Mars

Nasa has powered down its Curiosity rover to protect it against a solar flare that is heading towards Mars.

While the rover is designed to withstand punishing weather conditions on the Red Planet, Curiosity recently suffered a computer problem.

"We're being more careful," said Richard Cook, the project manager of Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which runs the $2.5bn (£1.7bn) mission.

On Tuesday, scientists noticed a huge flare erupting from the Sun that hurled a stream of radiation in the direction of Mars.

http://news.sky.com/story/1061377/curiosity-shut-down-as-solar-flare-heads-to-mars